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3
Apr

Should I Rent Or Buy?

Are you ready to take the leap into homeownership?

female teen girls holding notepad with pros consWeighing out the pros, cons, costs, and considerations is the best way to help you determine if you are ready to own a home.

Renting

Pros

Renting is a wonderful first step to living on your own. Given that it lacks long term commitment many rental agreements generally only last one year. Renting is an affordable and accommodating option for most people.

Cons

You’re essentially paying off someone else’s Canadian mortgage rate, as opposed to investing in your future. In addition to this, your rental agreement will have its own set of rules that you will be required to follow during your tenancy.

Buying

Pros

The current best mortgage rates enable you to borrow money cheaply right away. Furthermore, owning a home will help to provide you with a sense of security and comfort. You have freedom to update it as you please and improve on your investment.

Cons

You will need to be personally and financially prepared for homeownership. Expect your stress levels to increase given your monthly budget.

Costs

Renting

Renting provides low initial costs. Your costs are a predictable expense and thus easy to budget around.

Buying

Saving up for a down payment requires substantially more money. Also, there are hidden expenses that turn up unexpectedly. Finally, if you secure a low mortgage rate today, you will need to keep in mind that your payments may go up when it comes time to refinance.

Investment

Renting can be considered an investment if the money that you’re saving is going towards a future down payment. Buying a home can be considered a good investment only if the property value increases. It could also provide a possible source of income if you choose to rent out a room or convert the basement into an income suite.

Buying a home is a big investment. Make sure you’re ready to make the commitment. Contact a mortgage broker to learn more about the pros and cons of homeownership.

6
Mar

8 Things to Be Aware of When Buying a Second Home

You can afford a second home, let us show you how!

Now that low interest Canadian mortgage rates are readily available, it seems like the perfect time to invest in a second home. Here’s what you should know before purchasing a second property.

Things to Learn Before Buying a Second Home

1) Do your research.

You will need to resist the urge to buy a home because you want a getaway. Research the properties, area, and low mortgage rate options beforehand. This is an investment, not just a vacation.

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13
Aug

Are Two Addresses Better Than One?

Whether it’s a cottage in the Muskokas or a vacation home in Cabo, multiple homeownership is becoming more and more common among wealthy Canadians. Now, more than ever, Canadians are picking up secondary properties, many of them south of the border. While statistics are hard to come buy, numbers from the National Association of Realtors show that foreign buyers are having a big impact on the United States housing market… and many of these buyers are Canadian.

International buyers purchased roughly $82.5 billion worth of property in the U.S. in the year ending March 31, 2012, compared to $66 billion the previous year. Canadians are estimated to represent about a quarter of those buyers.  Read more »

8
Dec

Do You Know What a Property Disclosure Statement Is?

It’s standard practice for home sellers to freshen up their property prior to listing it on the market. A fresh coat of paint, new floors, or new light fixtures increase the value and marketability of a home. But sometimes these seemingly honest updates are done with the intentions of covering something up.

That’s why it’s crucial for homebuyers to always request a property disclosure statement. Seller’s are obligated to disclose any known defects to a potential buyer by way of this two page document. From zoning and water rights to plumbing, roofing, and structural damage, a property disclosure statement is designed to protect the buyer against a future of regret. Read more »